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Sharing backyards: a popular Canadian innovation in urban farming

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Sharing Backyards map. More and more people want to share a garden in Vancouver.

“Urban agriculture is united by the idea that the urban person can produce something they eat, not just consume.”

By Gilda Salomone
Radio Canada International
21 June, 2013

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Sharing backyards, a pioneering project that connects homeowners who have a yard with people who want to grow food, but have no land, is spreading across Canada and abroad.

“It’s something like Craigslist,” says Michael Levenston, executive director of the City Farmer Society, a nonprofit group in Vancouver, B.C.

Users have access to a website and a map of the city. Locations where owners are willing to share their private garden and where gardeners are eager to cultivate somebody else’s yard are indicated.

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PBS: Singapore Looks Skyward to Take Farming in New Directions

Singapore’s skyline is not just a point of pride for residents, it can also be a source of fresh produce. As part of the NewsHour’s series “Food for 9 Billion,” special correspondent Sam Eaton reports on Singapore’s vertical solution to the challenge of feeding a growing population in an urban environment.

“Sky Greens” – Singapore’s vertical farm

By Sam Eaton
PBS
June 12, 2013

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Fifty-year-old entrepreneur Jack Ng, an engineer by training, is the farm’s owner and designer.

Translucent structures nearly four stories tall line the property. On the inside, automated towers of vegetables rotate like ferris wheels in slow motion between a nutrient-infused bath below and the sun above. Ng says each tower is powered by a gravity-fed water wheel. It’s an ancient technology with a modern twist.

Ng says one of the biggest benefits of this closed loop hydraulic system is how little energy it consumes.

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Urban Agriculture In Asia: Lessons From Japanese Experience

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Urban Farm, Japan. Photo by S. Bennett.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) estimates that about 1.1 million ha of farmland exist in “urban-like areas” and are producing ¥2.6 trillion worth of products.

By Kunio Tsubota
Paper Presented During the International Workshop on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in the Asian and Pacific Region Held in the Philippines on 22-26 May 2006

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Development Of Urban Agriculture-Related Issues And Policy Responses In Japan

As in most other Asian countries, majority of Japanese people have been living in limited alluvial plains or basins and agriculture used to be the major economic activity. Towns have developed as trading centers or castle towns of feudal landlords in these areas. Except in Kyoto and Nara, no well-organized city plans have been applied in Japan. Urban areas have expanded naturally to outward agricultural and forest areas. Virtually no clear borders have been marked between towns and countryside.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi gained full control of Japan in the late 16th century and conducted a comprehensive farmland survey nationwide. Each plot of farmland in the village was registered, by which farmers were tied up with land and feudal taxes. During the Edo era (1603-1868), Tokyo (Edo) and Osaka developed as mega cities with estimated population of 1 million each. However, most of current urban areas of these cities were still pure rural villages producing vegetables and rice.

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